Definition of alternative:
- A choice between more than two things; one of several things offered to choose among.
- Alternate; reciprocal.
- An offer of two things, one of which may be chosen, but not both; a choice between two things, so that if one is taken, the other must be left.
- Disjunctive; as, an alternative conjunction.
- Either of two things or propositions offered to one's choice. Thus when two things offer a choice of one only, the two things are called alternatives.
- Offering a choice of two things.
- The course of action or the thing offered in place of another.
- choice (part of speech: noun)
- substitute (part of speech: noun)
- substitution (part of speech: noun)
- optional (part of speech: adjective)
- "The Wonder Island Boys: Exploring the Island", Roger Thompson Finlay.
Such men naturally made but a poor escort; for, had the party been attacked by a wandering tribe of natives of any strength, the Doctor could have made no defence, and no other alternative would have been left to him but to surrender and be ruined.- "How I Found Livingstone", Sir Henry M. Stanley.
- "Looking Seaward Again", Walter Runciman.